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Palacio Nacional de Mafra

Terreiro D. Joao V, Mafra 2640, Portugal
351 26 181 75 50
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Mafra
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Resort Communities
Activities: Dining
Traveler Description: Mafra Palace The Mafra Palace is located at Terreiro D. João V. Mafra is a town of 11,000 and holds the Mafra Palace. The palace, which also served... more »
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Nobel Prize in literature Portuguese José Saramago made the Palacio Nacional de Mafra the main scenografic place of his storical novel "Memorial do Convento". A place that contains the whole of the Portuguese baroque splendor, built with ample riches that arrived in the Indies and Brazil. The organs and carillons are compelling.

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Alicante, Spain
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a fab cathedral so very impressive from the outside. Inside it is even better it has a double organ which would be lovely to hear being played. There is so much marble and it has such a peaceful feel inside. Well worth a visit.

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Lisbon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Mafra Palace and Cathedral are an unique Marbre Monument in the surroundings of Lisbon, worth a visit. The library is wonderful and has a very nice atmosphere.

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queluz portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

the palace is really worth visiting, but if you do not have time, just take nice pictures in front to prove you were there Visit the basilica, its free, and admire each alter at each side, They are in marble, admire the dome from the center, the 6 organs still working and can be heard when there are organised concerts.... More

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Reading
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Get to the end of the motorway and from out of nowhere you will see the dome of Mafra rise up on the horizon. Park next to the modern town cafe and take a coffee and cake there ready for exploring this magnificent palace of huge scale. The hospital shows how grim things could be against the opulence of the... More

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Evora, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

An interesting place to visit. Outside It's huge. We had big engineers in the past to make this construction.

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Deux Sevres
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We had not planned to visit this place but were in the area and saw the Palacio which can be seen for miles around. We followed the signs and were stunned by the size despite our DK guide saying it was big! Everything about it is big ! The baroque palace and monastery dwarf the town of Mafra itself. We... More

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Cheltenham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was an interesting place to visit - started off as a monastery and ended up as a massive royal palace, funded mostly it seems by gold and jewels 'liberated' by colonial expansion in Brazil. There isn't much in the town as far as we could see. The palace dominates the horizon, and can be seen from miles away. It... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I did not like the feel of Mafra it that it seemed like a government town with not much atmopshere. The Palace is worth a look but it seemed like it was money over aesthetics when it was build. The large baroque sculptures in the entrance way were impressive. The adjoining grounds less than spectacular.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Wrote a review for the Queluz Palace and in fact Mafra is at least equal in terms of overwhelming beauty. It is striking to see what kings will do to offset their libertine mores. One can only assume that this palace has been deemed OK in the right places !!! The way this huge building has been kept in shape... More

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